Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. 10th February, 2019, Cycle C


St John the Evangelist

128 Bebington Road, New Ferry, CH62 5BJ

Diocese of Shrewsbury   (reg. charity 234025)


Parish Priest:  Fr Bernard Forshaw           Deacon: Revd Michael Daly    Phone:   0151 645 3314

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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. 10th February, 2019, Cycle C



We all like to feel comfortable and we all have our own little ways of doing things that we’ve got used to. That’s because by nature we’re creatures of habit. We don’t like to be put out or troubled by having to learn new ways. We like a quiet life.

Religious people sometimes use their faith in the same way. It becomes a comfort and a crutch, a way of doing things that makes them feel secure and unthreatened. Faith becomes the spiritual insurance policy that guarantees peace of mind.

But at the heart of faith is risk. Faith involves making that leap, walking along the path with no signs, trusting when you know that everything could go wrong. Faith is an invitation not to remain where we are but to seek ever new and more enriching pastures, to stretch ourselves, to be challenged in ways that we cannot even suspect but which will carry their own rewards. Christian faith, in particular, is not an anaesthetic but an adventure.

In today’s gospel we see Jesus telling Simon Peter to put out the boats into deeper water. Normally you don’t catch many fish by the edge of a lake; you have to be bold and move into the middle. And, sure enough, having fished all night long and caught nothing, it was when the disciples obeyed Jesus’ request to put out into deeper water that they not only caught fish but netted a catch that astounded them.

The deeper the water the more uncomfortable people feel, because you can’t touch the bottom. But the deeper the water the greater the catch. Our sluggishness encourages us to remain static in faith. We’re content to catch fish when Jesus promises us that we could be catching people, encouraging men and women to come to Christ. We’re prepared to do the basic minimum in our faith, to enjoy the view close to the shore, when Jesus promises us a magnificent experience on the high seas.

Today’s liturgy challenges us to be bolder in our relationship with God and with others, to grow in faith and trust, to move to areas in our lives that are as yet uncharted. Yes, we’re bound to have doubts about our safety. But God does not promise us a calm passage…just a safe landing.


Wirral Foodbank: Please continue to give to the Foodbank; The need is as great as ever. Although we were very well supported with donations at Christmas, the need for our food has risen by 54% on this period last year, so the food is being given out very quickly. Please check the notice board at the back of Church for most needed items.  Thank you for your continued generosity.

 A  “Welcome Café “  with the distribution of surplus food  from local supermarket etc is held every Tuesday at St Anne’s Parish Centre from 11am to 1pm. All most welcome



Simon Peter fell at the knees of Jesus and said, “Leave me Lord; I am a sinful man.”  (Luke 5:8)




Jesus tells Simon Peter to row his fishing boat a little further into deeper water. Then it happens. They catch so many fish that their nets begin to tear. Staying in a comfortable religious place is tempting, but our faith only grows if we’re prepared to explore other waters.



Caritas Shrewsbury currently has 3 vacancies; 1 x F/T Community Services Manager (closing date: 4th March), and 2 x P/T Parenting Support Workers Wirral based (closing date:1st March).  For further details and an Application Pack, please contact us: (‘Job Vacancies’ can be found under the ‘News’ Section) / Tel: 0151 652 1281 /

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word.  It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.



If you have a notice for the bulletin please email it to the parish email address or put it through the presbytery

letter box by 12 noon on Thursdays. Many thanks.






Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Cycle C

10th 5.00pm



Doreen Gibbs RIP

For all the Sick

Prayer Meeting

Monday 11th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion  
Tuesday 12th 9.15am Eleanor McGuigan Annv RIP  
Wednesday 13th 9.15am Ints St John’s SVP  
Thursday 14th 9.15am Rels/Fnds Dunnion & McCormick Families  
Friday 15th 11.30am Funeral Service – Michael Keenan  
Saturday 16th 10.00am Ints Mary Heddle OCDS  
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Cycle C

17th 5.00pm




Ints Kate Hangley

(90th B.Day)

Edward Sabino RIP

Prayer Meeting

Confessions                                                                           Saturday 10.30-11.15am  
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily  Masses  

Thursday is a Day of Special Prayer for Europe.


Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am Mass every week in the Parish Centre. Why not stay a while and meet up with friends old and new. We urgently need some additional volunteers for the Tea & Coffee Rota so that it becomes a monthly or six weekly rota. If you can help, please have a word with Noelene Evans or Fr Bernard.


Sick Visits : If you know of anyone in the parish who is in need of Holy Communion/a visit please do let us know                                  or Tel 0151 645 3314 that includes those who may be in hospital at this time.  After the Gospel this weekend at both Masses (on the eve of the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes : the World Day of Prayer for the Sick) there will be an opportunity for those who wish to receive the Sacrament of the Sick ……….to be anointed.

Lately Dead                                                            Your prayers are requested for the following parishioners who have died recently .                Mick Keenan of Sandringham Close,  Funeral service led by Fr Bernard in Church on Friday at 11.30am.                                                                 Peter Carr of Heathfield Rd Bebington Funeral Mass led by Fr Paschal on Tuesday 19th Feb at 12.30pm.                                                                          Stan Williams of Queen Mary’s Drive Port Sunlight Funeral Service in Church on Friday 1st Mar 1pm.                                                                 Also please pray for Deacon David Morris from St Albans Wallasey who died recently. His Funeral Mass is tomorrow (Monday) at 12 noon at St Alban’s.                                                              May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace.

Money Matters:                                                               Thank you for last week’s Offertory Collection which amounted to £561.04p                           There is a retiring collection today at both Masses for the Diocesan Priest’s Retirement Fund please be generous and if you are a Gift Aid payer please use one of the envelopes on the table at the back of Church.                      

The Diocese of Shrewsbury Lourdes Hospitalite will be celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes with mass at 3.30pm this  Sunday

10th February at St Hugh and St John RC Church,   314 Manchester Road, Timperley WA14 5NB. (Please use the postcode WA14 5HL for the car park)
Mass will be followed by tea, coffee and cake in the parish hall. All are welcome especially members of the Hospitalite and past and current pilgrims.
The Hospitalite looks forward to seeing you all there.


The Parish Pastoral Team meets roughly on a monthly basis…. its minutes are on the designated notice board on the left hand side of the Church.  The Pastoral Team’s next meeting is this Wednesday 13th February at 7.30pm in the presbytery. If you have any suggestions/ideas for the team to consider please place them in the suggestions box on the table at the back of Church.



St John’s SVP Conference meet on Thursday’s at 6.30pm in the presbytery.


The Lay Carmelite Group meet at St John’s next Saturday for 10am Mass and their monthly day of prayer and reflection.


The Carmelite Monastery of the Annunciation, invites you to The Solemn Profession of                       Sr Maria Graziella of Jesus Crucified, icd

which is being held on Monday, 25th March at 11am. Bishop Mark Davies will be the celebrant.  All are warmly invited to join the community.  Refreshments will be available after the ceremony.

See poster on the notice board at the back of church.


Many thanks to those who came to the Third World Group Meeting last Monday. Next meeting on Monday 4th March at 6.30pm in the presbytery to which all parishioners are most welcome.

Thank you to those who came to the Children’s Liturgy meeting on Saturday. 

If you would like to help in any way in our Parish……….please let Fr Bernard know.


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